Anne Sexton
Quotations


Craft is a trick you make up to let you write the poem.

God owns heaven but He craves the earth.

I wonder if the artist ever lives his life--he is so busy recreating it.

It doesn't matter who my father was; it matters who I remember he was.

Poems aren't postcards to send home.

Put your ear down close to your soul and listen hard.

Tell almost the whole story.

Those moments before a poem comes, when the heightened awareness comes over you, and you realize a poem is buried there somewhere, you prepare yourself. I run around, you know, kind of skipping around the house. It's as though I could fly, almost, and I get very tense before I've told the truth--hard. Then I sit down at the desk and get going with it.



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